Apr 26, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blues 4-1 advancing them to the second round of playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
#2: Devan Dubnyk
Since the turn of the calendar, perhaps no player has made more headlines than Devan Dubnyk, and rightfully so.
Dubnyk wasn’t the most desirable goalie on the market by any means when the Wild swung a trade for him from the Arizona Coyotes, but his well-documented run since then has been nothing short of brilliant.
Still, questions remained about Dubnyk’s playoff experience, or lack thereof. Nevertheless, through the first round, Dubnyk has silenced his critics. Allowing only four goals in the Wild’s four wins against the Blues was a big reason the team is here today, and if the Wild want to make it any farther, they will do so on the back of Dubnyk.
Aside from Dubnyk, however, the Wild are lacking in goal. Anything can happen in the playoffs, and the two teams don’t have to look too far back to remember; starter Niklas Backstrom was injured in the pre-game warmups before Game One of their 2013 first-round series, and with Darcy Kuemper in net, the Wild were rolled over by the ‘Hawks in five games.
Fortunately for the Blackhawks, success will come by their bread and butter; lots of shots. With Patrick Kane finally back in action, expect Dubnyk to face a mountain of rubber each game, and if the contests between the two teams are as tight as usual, one slip-up could be all Chicago needs.